Business prepare for Small Business Saturday amid supply, staffing problems

East Greenwich, R.I. (WLNE)- In Rhode Island, locally owned stores make up 98 percent of registered business while providing jobs to 57 percent of the working population. There are nearly 100,000 small businesses in the state. This Saturday they will be highlighted and highlighting their storefronts for Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a day when these business provide special deals and discounts for the shoppers, and as one owner explains, when they make money the community profits.

“For example, once you buy an ornament from the green door, which was bought by another individual and they buy their materials locally so that’s how the money bounces in the local community, which is critical for all of us” says Mark Hayward of the Small Business Administration.

The businesses have faced their own problems recently, they explained to ABC6 that they are dealing with supply issues as well as staffing problems.

Civil Skateboard and Snowboard Shop in East Greenwich explained their supply issues to ABC6, “There was a certain time when someone would want to come in and buy a skateboard and we couldn’t even put one together. We may have had the decks or wheels but we were out of particular trucks that fit the board.”

This past Tuesday, RI Congressional officials, as well as the RI Hospitality Association, and the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce celebrated the upcoming Small Business Saturday with a walking tour of the local businesses, looking to highlight the local shops and what they have to offer.

James McElroy, Assistant Manager of Bone Appetit Dog Store, expressed his appreciation for the support saying, “Just to have the politicians come in to support us and help us… its amazing, I was crying earlier.”



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